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Legacy National Professional Qualifications

EMLC provides the assessment for the three nationally accredited leadership qualifications.

  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

These qualifications help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a leader of the future.

EMLC is the national Assessment Centre responsible for the assessment of NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications. EMLC assesses the submitted tasks against the Department of Education’s Leadership Competencies. The final assessment process enables you to demonstrate that you can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in your school setting and can use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership competencies.

NPQML: The final assessment process will comprise one assessed task drawn from your work in your school in which you lead at team level (either a team you line manage or a team whose work you co-ordinate) for an extended period, on a school improvement priority. The task must be linked into the school’s improvement priorities and produce demonstrable positive impact and sustainable change.

NPQSL: The final assessment process comprises one assessed task in which you lead, for an extended period, on a school improvement priority across your school. The task, which needs to be achievable within a 12 month period, must produce demonstrable positive impact and sustainable change.

NPQH: The final assessment process for NPQH involves three assessed tasks

Task 1

You will undertake a task in your school (or agreed school setting if not based in school) in which you lead for an extended period on an actual school improvement priority.

Task 2

You will undertake a task, in partnership with your placement school, where you will lead for a short period on an actual school improvement priority, working closely with placement school staff and the school leadership. <

Task 3

You will attend a presentation/interview and make a presentation to a panel and answer questions put by the panel on the content of your presentation. You will need to be able to show you have developed the competence to present in a credible way as a headteacher.

For all aspects of the NPQ assessment you will be expected to draw upon your practical experience, research and school evidence to inform your leadership decision making. You will also be expected to apply your learning from the essential and elective modules you have completed and to draw upon your knowledge and expertise in key national policy priorities, for example, leading and improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour, teacher appraisal and financial management.

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The National Professional Qualifications have been reformed to meet the Department for Education’s vision for an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access high quality education.